Director of Music
Thomas Corns leads the Cathedral music department and conducts the Cathedral Choir. An established career as a director and organist has seen Thomas perform in the USA and in international festivals across Europe. A prize-winning graduate of the Royal Academy of Music who was educated as a chorister at Wells Cathedral, Thomas has held positions at Jesus College, Cambridge, Truro Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral, London.
He has performed on BBC 1 Television, BBC Radio 2, live on BBC Radio 3 and 4, and given world premieres of works by many leading composers. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, Thomas moved to Sheffield in June 2017 having previously held the post of Director of Music at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick.
Assistant Director of Music
Joshua Hales is Assistant Director of Music at Sheffield Cathedral, where he accompanies the choirs in their six weekly services and assists in their direction. He is also an Organ Tutor at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester.
Joshua began his musical training in his home town of Wigan at the age of eight, learning the trumpet.
In 2005 he took up the organ under John Benson, before attending Chetham's School of Music for his sixth form education, where he continued his organ studies with Christopher Stokes, in conjunction with piano, harpsichord and trumpet.
From 2008 to 2009 Joshua spent a year as Organ Scholar of Truro Cathedral, before going up to Exeter College, Oxford, where he read for a degree in Music and held the organ scholarship. As Senior Organ Scholar at Exeter, his duties involved recruiting, training and conducting the respected mixed-voice choir, as well as playing the organ when required. The choir undertook two successful tours during this time, to Italy and Catalonia, which included singing services and concerts at St Mark's, Venice and Barcelona Cathedral. During his time at university Joshua studied organ with Clive Driskill-Smith and conducting with Paul Spicer. For a year following the completion of his degree, he was Organ Scholar at Salisbury Cathedral. Joshua has given recitals in numerous cathedrals, churches and college chapels, and has appeared as a continuo player with a variety of ensembles. He has performed on both television and radio.